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American Air Boosts Bag Fee to $75 on No-Frills Fares to Europe

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

American Airlines Group Inc. raised the cost of checking a bag on a trans-Atlantic flight by 25% for customers buying its cheapest ticket as carriers worldwide struggle with the collapse of travel demand due to coronavirus.

The fee to check a first bag rose to $75 from $60 for passengers who purchase a Basic Economy ticket after April 21, American said in a statement. The increase brings American’s fees into line with those charged by its transAtlantic joint-venture partners -- IAG SA’s British Airways and Iberia, and Finnair Oyj, the carrier said. The change applies on flights to Europe, Israel and Morocco.